Depression is one of the leading causes of disability. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions.
Despite progress in some countries, people with mental health conditions often experience severe human rights violations, discrimination, and stigma.
Many mental health conditions can be effectively treated at a relatively low cost, yet the gap between people needing care and those with access to care remains substantial. Effective treatment coverage remains extremely low.
Can large datasets on personality psychology help us understand ourselves and live life to its fullest? In this episode, i will be talking to my colleague and one of the most prolific researchers in personality psychology Dr. Alex Christensen about how understanding self can be a window into self-growth. Alex is also creating, maintaining, and co-authoring several R packages: EGAnet, NetworkToolbox, SemNeT, SemNetCleaner, and SemNetDictionaires.
Timestamps of the Conversation:
02:00 Pop Psychology and Personality Psychology
04:48 Personality Description, Variance, Contextually & Measurement Issues
09:40 Nomothetic vs Idiographic Personality Descriptions
13:49 Carl Jung, Big Five Personality Model & Biomarkers for it
16:40 Eysenck, Pre-frontal Lobotomy and Medieval labeling of Female Hysteria
18:48 Factor Structure, Predictors of Lifetime Achievements.
22:00 MMPI vs Spectrum of Adaptive & Maladaptive Behaviors
25:57 Criticism of APA, Modernity and Mental Health
30:32 GDP, Economics, Progress & Depression, Europe vs US
35:40 Nietzsche, Jordan Peterson, Religiosity & Sanity
40:33 World Happiness Report, Suicides & Wealth
48:50 DSM V, Cultural Differences, WEIRD population and Symptomatic Diagnosis
54:55 Meditation, Yoga & Mindfulness. Sufism & Forgiveness
01:06:00 Intellect, Humor and Academia
01:18:13 Originals, Creativity, Predicting Talent & Genuine Thinkers
01:22:25 Savant Phenomenon, Chaos and Brilliance, Bach & Mozart
01:28:00 Neurodiversity, Societal integration and IQ
01:39:00 Age-related Variance in Personality
01:42:19 Genome-Wide Studies & Twin Studies
Alex’s website: https://alexchristensen.github.io/
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Minhaaj Rehman is CEO & Chief Data Scientist of Psyda Solutions, an AI-enabled academic and industrial research agency focused on psychographic profiling and value generation through machine learning and deep learning.
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